Potty training: Do you have everything you need?

When you get several signs that your child may be ready, provide a portable potty chair or steps up to the big toilet. You should also provide underwear (a.k.a. "big kid pants" and, even more important, clothes that are easy and fast to take off. Elastic waist pants and shorts are the easiest. Overalls, and other clothes with buttons, snaps and zippers take much longer to shed when a child is in a race to the potty.

Your child's big kid pants should not be padded like a diaper or she will not be getting the immediate feedback from her body. She needs to get the signal that "pee" or "poop" is imminent! Some disposable "training pants" may keep children so dry that they do not experience the biofeedback necessary to identify their own body signals as a precursor to the event.

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